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Risks and Side Effects
Beyond Berlin: Austrian Cinema

Risks and Side Effects

Risiken und Nebenwirkungen

A routine check-up reveals that the Pilates instructor Kathrin (Inka Friedrich, God You’re Such a Prick GFF21) is suffering from kidney disease and needs a transplant.

Her husband Arnold (Samuel Finzi, The Captain GFF19) is a successful architect in the middle of a large project and is afraid of donating one of his kidneys. Götz, a friend of the couple's, would undergo the operation immediately if it means saving Kathrin's life - even though this causes problems with his partner Diana (Pia Hierzegger).

Confronted by issues of life and death, the fragility of the relationships within and between the couples is laid bare. Eventually, the question can no longer be avoided: what is true love?

Based on the play The Kidney by Stefan Vögel and directed by Michael Kreihsl, Risks and Side Effects features legends of Austria’s stage and screen. Cleverly plotted, with biting dialogue, this is a lively comedy about love, marriage, secrets and taking risks.

Australian Premiere
18+ (exemption)
Michael Kreihsl
Samuel Finzi, Inka Friedrich, Pia Hierzegger, Thomas Mraz
2021 | 88 min | Austria | Comedy | German with English subtitles
With biting wit and psychological sharpness, Kreihsl stages the marriage crisis as a comedic cat-and-mouse game.
Kultur Zeitscrift
Best Actor, Austrian Film Award 2021
Shanghai Film Festival 2021
European Film Festival South Africa 2021

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